Kindergarten registration for our school district came and went last month, and we stayed home.
Facebook was full of friends updating which school their kids were registered at, and on each status I wrote how (genuinely!) excited I was for them, and then avoided the question “Where is Ella going? Maybe they will be in the same class!”
All day long I bit my fingernails, second guessing our choice, telling myself “Well, I could always register her and then pull out later…” I called Tom, who lovingly told me to tone down the neurosis a bit and stop over thinking it. Finally five o’clock rolled around, registration closed and I took a deep breath.
We’re doing it. We’re really homeschooling next year.
In true over-thinking-it-Ivory style though, now I am overwhelmed by the choices when it comes to homeschooling. Are we interest-led? Waldorf inspired? Unit driven? Would a curriculum in a box work for us? Unschooling? Charlotte Mason sounds good.. but so does Thomas Jefferson. Maybe we’ll just be eclectic, picking and choosing as we go… but I don’t know what to draw from yet. And…. but…. * hyperventilating and walking away*
Here is what I know:
Kids need to get dirty.
They need to dance.
They need to make a mess with art.
They need community.
They need to be listened to.
They need to be challenged.
They need each other.
Don’t get me wrong: there will be time for academics, and the good news is that based on the typical course of study Ella is well ahead of where she needs to be, so I don’t think we are going to break her this year. But I need to keep reminding myself: Children need much less than we realize, and much more.
*From a quote attributed to W.B. Yeats': “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”